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Student housing – how to rent privately

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017

Student housing – how to rent privately

 

If you are desperately seeking a place to live in Newcastle, you should consider private rented accommodation. Almost all UK students live in housing provided by private landlords and it is not difficult to understand why. Unlike living in university halls of residence, you do not have to share your living space with anyone else (unless you choose to), not to mention that you can decide where you want to live. If you are indeed sure that you want to rent private landlord student housing Newcastle, whether a flat or a room, you need to keep in mind the following things.

Using a letting agent

As stated previously, the number of students that lease private rented accommodation is high. It seems that living in a private space is much more appealing than spending one’s time in university halls of residence. What you should know is that you have the possibility of using a letting agent. While this is not mandatory, a letting agent will come in handy. The professional will know where all the good properties are and will help you with the paperwork. If you choose to do things on your own, make sure you know what is involved.

Make an accommodation budget

Of course, the cost will vary considerably depending on the location. What you have to do is establish a budget and look up the figures for the area. You want to be sure that you are getting a good deal. Yet again, it is worth having some help and guidance.

Viewing the student house

Considering that you will spend a great deal of time there, you better view the property and see if there are not any surprises. The best reference you will get from former tenants. While it may take you some time until you locate them, it is important to have a little discussion. What you need to find out is whether or not they liked living there and how the neighbours are. Equally important is to look for signs of dampness or mould. You can never know what is lying beneath the surface.

Talking about the rent

If you do take matters into your own hands and rent from a private landlord, you need to be clear about the rent. It is important to highlight that the rent is only an asking price, which means that you can negotiate. Just treat the situation as if you were buying a house. The bills are separated from the rent, but if there are any additional payments, they should be included in the lease agreement.